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SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Posted on: March 1, 2012 2:13 pm
 
While Thursday’s release of the Sun Belt’s 2012 football schedule didn’t bring as much fanfare as the SEC or Big 12 schedule release, it did give us a chance to look at which other conferences love the Sun Belt. Specifically which of the other 10 FBS conferences love playing against the Sun Belt.

And no one loves playing/beating the Sun Belt more than the SEC, especially Mississippi State.

Three of the Bulldogs' four non-conference games are against Sun Belt members Troy, South Alabama and Middle Tennessee. Their fourth non-conference game is against FCS member Jackson State. I guess there were no Division III teams available that week.

Anyway, Mississippi State is among nine SEC schools that will play Sun Belt schools this fall in a total of 12 non-conference games. The only SEC schools without a Sun Belt team on the schedule is Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. Defending national champion Alabama’s schedule features two Sun Belt opponents: Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic.

After the SEC, Conference USA has the most schools (six) playing Sun Belt opponents with a total of eight games.

Mississippi State is one of five schools with multiple Sun Belt opponents. Alabama, Memphis, Tulane and Navy each have two Sun Belt non-conference games.

The only FBS league that isn’t playing the Sun Belt is the WAC.

Last year, the Sun Belt was only 10-25 in non-conference games against FBS opponents, including a 1-2 bowl record.

Conference (games vs. Sun Belt)

ACC (3):
Duke, Georgia Tech, N.C. State
Big East (1):
Louisville
Big 10 (1):
Nebraska
Big 12 (3):
Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State
C-USA (6):
Houston, Memphis 2, Southern Miss, Tulane 2, UAB, UCF
Independents (1):
Navy 2
MAC (1):
Akron
Mountain West (1):
Hawaii
SEC (9):
Alabama 2, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State 3, Tennessee
Pac-12 (1):
Oregon
WAC (0)

Comments

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:31 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Speaking of half-truths...  Ranger has given us a slew of them.

SEC schools like to tout the fact that they play in a tough conference.   But...

1 --  they only play 8 conference games each year.   

2 --  The SEC has been top heavy lately.   Incredible teams at the top  LSU, Bama, Arkansas   Dogs at the bottom   Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and a mediocre middle  (Georgia, Miss St, Auburn, Florida, Vandy).

The SEC is living off the accomplishments of LSU and Bama.   
 



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 8:21 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Try again. Every team in every AQ conference does not schedule 2 or 3 schools from weaker conferences at home every year. If want to defend Alabama's pathetic OOC scheduling, at least know what you are talking about.

In the last 10 years, 2002-2011, USC has played only 9 OOC games against non AQ teams. Three of those games were on the road. That is 6 home games in 10 years against non AQ teams, which among them were were Hawaii, BYU and Fresno St. There were no FCS teams. USC played more games against OOC against AQ teams than any other AQ team, even though the PAC teams have only had 3 OOC games since 2006.

Alabama, on the other hand, has played 32 games in the last 10 years against non AQ opponents, including 30 home games, which equals 3 per year. Included in that number are 5 games against FCS teams.

OOC games against AQ teams 2002-2011:

Alabama- 9
USC- 26

OOC games against non AQ teams 2002-2011:

Alabama- 32
USC- 9

OOC games against FCS teams 2002-2011:

Alabama- 5
USC- 0

OOC road games 2002-2011:

Alabama- 5
USC- 16

Every team doesn't have pathetic OOC schedules year after year. Some teams play their peers, and go on the road to do it. Other teams hide at home playing teams from inferior conferences and divisions.

also included in that number are a win at #6 auburn and 2 wins over arkansas including a 50-14 beating the yr arkansas went to sec championship. usc has never in its history played a lower level division oppenent since the ncaa went to that format they are the only team that can say that.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:40 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Beautiful argument 4socal, if it contained anything but half-truths. Let's check the SoS for this year's graduating seniors:

2011; Alabama 2, USC 22
2010: Alabama 6, USC 15
2009: Alabama 1, USC 58
2008: Alabama 3, USC 13

Yes, USC does a decent job of scheduling OOC. However, the conference they play in is so miserably weak with the exception of two or three teams a year they get plenty of "sure things" with teams like the Washinton duo and the Arizona duo, not to mention the recent addition of a recently miserable Colorado program to the mix. UCLA hasn't been anything to brag about in quite a while either.

Don't want to check your facts before you whine all over the board? That's fine. I'm happy to show you up for the ignorant homer to evidently truly are.

Wink       
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Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:29 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

brett mcmurphy is an oklahoma state grad trying to somehow give the SEC a bad name.  The SEC shedules these teams, just as any major conference schedules their OOC patsies.   the sunbelt is regionally intertwined with the SEC, which is why they play them.   Not much for travel expenses.   Ensures sellouts because of closeness of opposing universities.


but brett is trying to make veiled claims of schedule padding.  whatever.


hey brett, how does watching 6 straight SEC national titles feel?   


  



Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:20 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Enough said.



Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:12 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Hey socalfan
How many national titles has USC won in the last 3 years? 5 years? Or even since 2002? The answer: 2 (one of which was vacated for cheating).

Alabama doesnt need to fill their OOC schedule with big teams every year to get a shot at the title. Yes, USC may be one of the teams that doesnt schedule a lot of lower competition, but my point was that teams in every conference do it, but for some reason its only an issue if an SEC does it. Also, most games scheduled between two AQ schools are booked sometimes years in advance. Since Saban arrived at Alabama, we've continually scheduled bigger schools. Since 2007, Bama has played Clemson and Virginia Tech in neutral site games, at Florida St, and a home and home with Penn St, and will open the 2012 season against Michigan at Cowboys Stadium. At the same time, they have to play teams like LSU and Arkansas and UGA and Florida and South Carolina every year in conference games. Do we schedule some weaker teams as well? Yes. We pay a team like North Texas to come play us, they pocket a nice check and we get another home game, which is 102,000 seats sold and roughly 200,000 people coming to town for the weekend, which translates to millions of dollars in revenue for the community. Its a no brainer.



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:07 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

worst conf. for ooc sked is the SEC.   Big 10 prob next worst, but big 12 is close.    big east, acc, and pac seem to do a fairly respectable job of playing some good ooc games.    sec fans stop using the everybody does it card.  not buying it.   i see mutliple FCS teams on the same schedule.   i you play sam houston state and jax state in the same year you really should get kicked out of FBS.  SEC is worst.  LSU was awesome last year and alabama is pretty good usually, and they play michigan this year, so i give those 2 a pass.  the other 10 sec teams, shame on you.



Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 6:59 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Every team in every AQ conference plays 2 or 3 smaller schools from weaker conferences at home every year.

Try again. Every team in every AQ conference does not schedule 2 or 3 schools from weaker conferences at home every year. If want to defend Alabama's pathetic OOC scheduling, at least know what you are talking about.

In the last 10 years, 2002-2011, USC has played only 9 OOC games against non AQ teams. Three of those games were on the road. That is 6 home games in 10 years against non AQ teams, which among them were were Hawaii, BYU and Fresno St. There were no FCS teams. USC played more games against OOC against AQ teams than any other AQ team, even though the PAC teams have only had 3 OOC games since 2006.

Alabama, on the other hand, has played 32 games in the last 10 years against non AQ opponents, including 30 home games, which equals 3 per year. Included in that number are 5 games against FCS teams.

OOC games against AQ teams 2002-2011:

Alabama- 9
USC- 26

OOC games against non AQ teams 2002-2011:

Alabama- 32
USC- 9

OOC games against FCS teams 2002-2011:

Alabama- 5
USC- 0

OOC road games 2002-2011:

Alabama- 5
USC- 16

Every team doesn't have pathetic OOC schedules year after year. Some teams play their peers, and go on the road to do it. Other teams hide at home playing teams from inferior conferences and divisions.



























Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 6:57 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Kudos to the Sun Belt conference...they make good money playing SEC teams, and the better competition only helps them develop better programs.  Nobody likes getting clobbered, but I think if I was an FCS football player (that wasn't likely recruited by an SEC team), I'd love the chance to play the big boys--how else would some of these kids get the chance to play in front of an SEC crowd?  More power to the little guys!   



Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 6:52 pm
 

SEC loves (playing) the Sun Belt

Everyone does it, but lets write an article bashing the SEC for it. Since the SEC is the conference that carries CBS, youd think theyd be a little more apprehensive about biting the hand that feeds them.


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